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'''René Karl Wilhelm Johann Josef Maria Rilke''' (4 December 1875 – 29 December 1926)—better known as '''Rainer Maria Rilke''' ()—was a Bohemian-Austria-Hungary|Austrian poet and novelist, "widely recognized as one of the most lyrically intense German-language poets",[http://www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/rainer-maria-rilke Biography: Rainer Maria Rilke 1875–1926] on the Poetry Foundation website. Retrieved 2 February 2013. writing in both verse and highly lyrical prose. Several critics have described Rilke's work as inherently "mystical".See Müller, Hans Rudolf. ''Rainer Maria Rilke als Mystiker: Bekenntnis und Lebensdeutung in Rilkes Dichtungen'' (Berlin: Furche 1935). See also Stanley, Patricia H. "Rilke's ''Duino Elegies'': An Alternative Approach to the Study of Mysticism" in Heep, Hartmut (editor). ''Unreading Rilke: Unorthodox Approaches to a Cultural Myth'' (New York: Peter Lang 2000).Freedman, Ralph....
Imagesize| caption = Rilke in 1900, aged 24
Pseudonym|birth_name=René Karl Wilhelm Johann Josef Maria Rilke
Birth date{{birth date|1875|12|4|df=y}}
Birth placePrague, Kingdom of Bohemia|Bohemia, Austria-Hungary
Death date{{death date and age|1926|12|29|1875|12|4|df=y}}
Death placeMontreux, Vaud, Switzerland
OccupationPoet, novelist
NationalityAustrians|Austrian
Period1894–1925
Genre|language = German
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